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[News] Media MAFIAA Attacks Smaller Competitors, Starts Giving Up

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Studio makes Redbox an offer it can't refuse, Redbox sues

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| DVD rental company Redbox has filed a lawsuit against Universal Studios, 
| alleging that the company is engaging in anticompetitive behavior and is 
| abusing copyright law. According to the complaint, filed in US District Court 
| for the district of Delaware, Universal attempted to coerce Redbox into 
| signing a predatory revenue sharing deal and then threatened to cut off the 
| companies that supply Redbox's DVDs when it refused to accept the terms of 
| the agreement.      


If You Can't Beat Them... Almost Join Them; Warner Offers Cheap Movie Downloads
In China

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| Well, at the very least, you have to hand it to Warner Bros. Studios for 
| recognizing that pretending that it didn't have to somehow compete with 
| pirated movies wasn't going to succeed as an overall strategy.  



How Major Labels Try To Overwhelm Startups

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| I want to give everyone an inside look at some of the tactics that EMI is
| employing in their legal assault to try and put MP3tunes out of business.
| Casual readers might think this case is about piracy or file sharing, but
| it's not. (People don't use our password-protected Lockers to share files -
| it's too restrictive. There are much easier ways.)
| To pound a tech startup into submission the major record labels try to bury
| them with legal threats, pressure their partners and impose massive document
| requests. These actions are disguised as "legally permitted discovery", but
| the goal is to force the company to spend time and money to disrupt their
| business and maybe even destroy them.


750,000 lost jobs? The dodgy digits behind the war on piracy

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| First, the estimate of 750,000 jobs lost. (Is that supposed to be per year? A
| cumulative total over some undefined span? Those who cite the figure seldom
| say.) Customs is most often given as the source for this, and indeed, you can
| find press releases from as recently as 2002 giving that figure as a U.S.
| Customs and Border Patrol estimate. Eureka! But when we contacted CBP to
| determine how they had arrived at that imposing figure, we were informed that
| it was, in essence, a goof. The figure, Customs assured us, came from
| somewhere else, and was mistakenly described as the agency's own. This should
| come as no great surprise: CBP is an enforcement agency, whereas calculating
| the total loss of jobs from IP infringement would require some terrifyingly
| complex counterfactual modeling by trained economists. Similar claims have
| appeared in Customs releases dating back at least to 1993, but a CBP
| spokesperson assured us that the agency has never been in the business of
| developing such estimates in-house.


Judge halts sales of RealDVD

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| Representatives from the MPAA and RealNetworks could not be reached Sunday.


Music stars unite to seek control

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| UK pop and rock stars are taking action to try to gain ownership and control
| of their work from record labels.


British Government Violates Copyright

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| As much as I utterly despise the entire premise of Intellectual Monopoly,
| this is about violating the principles of a Free License, and if it's good
| enough for the British government to violate our civil rights in the name of
| Intellectual Monopoly, then it's good enough for the Free World to protect
| its "property" (in fact Freedom) too…


UK government stole website theme

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| NUMBER 10, the UK Prime Minister's website, is apparently built using a
| design it nicked.


US presidential candidate is a pirate

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| THE PRESUMED Republican US presidential candidate John McCain favours
| draconian copyright enforcement, except when his own election campaign uses
| other people's music.

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